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Third of graduates don?t end up in jobs that need degrees

Published: Monday, 26 November 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

A third of graduates end up in a job that does not require a degree, according to a report.

The research, carried out by Kent University, shows that graduates from former polytechnics and humanities, art and design graduates leave university more likely to be in careers that don't need degrees, reports the Telegraph.

Graduates who study law, medicine and teacher training are the most likely to find a job that is at degree level.

David Willetts, the shadow higher education minister, told the Telegraph: "Lack of investment in careers services has ruined the chances of thousands of teenagers who could have become cooks, mechanics, plumbers, engineers, or airline pilots, if they had only been given the right advice."

The figures were compared with a study of graduates who left university in 1992. Fifteen years ago the number of male graduates in a job that was not degree level was one in five.

Meanwhile a survey carried out by IT Job Board of 50 companies has shown that 94 per cent of IT companies plan to have the same number of graduate IT jobs available next year despite the financial uncertainty caused by the credit crunch.

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